Raul Malo five-song sneak preview EP coming
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
– Raul Malo fans will receive an early Christmas present with the release of "Hello Again," a digital-only 5-song EP on Fantasy Records available exclusively at iTunes next Tuesday, Dec. 16. The EP is a preview of a CD coming in March with two of the songs appearing on both.
Hello Again, also is the first single from the "Lucky One" album, which streets on March 3, 2009. The EP also contains a demo version of So Beautiful, a studio version of which also appears on the new album. Included also on the EP are two recent live versions of songs from Malo's 2001 debut solo album "Today:" Every Little Thing, and I Said I Love You. A newly recorded remake of a song from Malo's Mavericks years titled In My Dreams.
Malo wrote Lucky One over a two-year period at his Nashville home and used several home demos appear as final versions on the CD. He also worked once again with Steve Berlin, best known for his work with Los Lobos and who worked on Malo's 2001 "Today" album, as co-producer.
Malo is presently amidst his annual Christmas Party tour, with the following dates :
Dec. 10 - Annapolis
Dec. 12 - New York
Dec. 13 - Collingswood, N.J.
Dec. 14 - Foxboro, Mass.
Dec. 17 - Houston
Dec. 19-20 - Austin
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